Startup Weekend EDU Cologne 2017

    Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017

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Startup Weekend EDU Cologne 2017

Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017

Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Im Mediapark 5
Cologne, 50670

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Startup Weekend Education Cologne 2017

Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!

Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts.  Educators validate ideas, then all attendees vote.  We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required!
Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education and entrepreneurial world.  You’re welcome to stay and work as long as the venue will allow!
Sunday evening: Teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.  Winning teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!

Here’s some examples of startups that have come out of Startup Weekend EDU:
MathChat is a mobile collaboration tool for students to get instant math homework help from friends. 
Fantasy GeoPolitics is a fantasy football-like game for social studies and literacy standards.
Kidfit Academy- A nonprofit running interactive physical & health education curriculum that empowers students to take control of their health & wellness with fun technology

Here’s some of the things you get from attending
+ Delicious & healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
+ A free .co domain name
+ $100 of AWS credit for hosting
+ Event t-shirt (maybe)
+ Awesome coaching by education startup industry leaders
+ Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
+ A network of 80 new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education

All of the pitches on Friday and companies demoed on Sunday will be educator approved and designed to solve problems in the education space, broadly defined (not restricted to K-12 or other “formal” education).

We hope you join us!

Was ist ein StartupWeekend Education?
 Der Startup Weekend Education Cologne ist ein Community-Event und bietet Gründungswilligen die Gelegenheit, Gründungsideen zum Thema Bildung und Human-Resource innerhalb von 54 Stunden umzusetzen. An dem Event nehmen Programmierer, Marketing-Fachleute, Designer, Personalentwickler, Dozenten, Studenten, Schüler und andere teil - siehe Startup Weekend Education Cologne 2015. Es werden Teams um die besten Ideen gebildet und anschließend an ihrer Umsetzung gearbeitet. Unterstützt werden die Teams von erfahrenen Gründern, die bei Bedarf coachen. Am letzten Tag pitchen die Teams vor einer hochkarätigen Jury, welche die Gewinner ermittelt. Den Gewinnern winken attraktive Preise.

Welche Organisation steckt dahinter?
 Startup Weekend ist eine als non-profit anerkannte Organisation mit Hauptsitz in Seattle, Washington USA. Von dort werden alle lokalen StartupWeekends koordiniert. Organisiert und umgesetzt wird ein StartupWeekend als „Grassroot-Bewegung“ durch die lokale Startup-Szene. Bis jetzt haben weltweit 1900 Events stattgefunden, an denen über 150000 Entrepreneure aus über 500 Städten in über 127 Ländern mitgewirkt haben. Daraus entstanden mehr als 10000 Gründungen. StartupWeekend ist mittlerweile eine weltweit bekannte Marke, die entsprechend durch Zuwendungen großer Firmen wie Google, Amazon und anderen Internetfirmen unterstützt wird. Die Kosten für eine Umsetzung vor Ort wird durch lokale Sponsoren ermöglicht.  

Was bringt mir die Teilnahme an einem StartupWeekend Education?
 Das Startup Weekend Education Cologne ist die Gelegenheit für Gründungswilligen. So könnt ihr mit duzenden anderen Gründungswilligen eure Ideen direkt in die Tat umsetzen, bekommen die besten Gründungsmethoden und Werkzeuge an die Hand und erfolgreiche Gründer stehen euch mit Rat und Tat zur Seite.  Eine hochkarätige Jury aus Investoren und Experten bewertet und gibt Feedback. Damit liegen ideale Voraussetzung vor, damit ihr große Fortschritte erzielt und eure Gründugnsidee zum Erfolg führt. Darüber hinaus bringt das Event die Mover und Shaker der Startup Education Szene zusammen und macht das Event zu einem einmaligen Erlebnis. 

Kann ich mitmachen?
 Zum StartupWeekend Education können sich ab sofort alle Gründer und solche die es werden wollen anmelden. Ob Entwickler, Designer, Marketing-Fachmann, Personalleiter, HR-Experten, Student oder Schüler, ob aus Unternehmen, Universitäten oder Schulen: für jeden wird der Startup Weekend Education eine herausragende Erfahrung sein, die nur solch ein handlungsorientiertes Szene-Event bieten kann. Die Anmeldegebühr beinhaltet eine Rundum-Versorgung mit Mahlzeiten, Getränken und Materialien für die kompletten drei Tage. Die Umsetzung des Events ist nur durch die großzügige finanzielle Unterstützung der globalen wie lokalen Sponsoren und die ehrenamtliche Tätigkeit dutzender Entrepreneure aus der Kölner Startup-Szene möglich.  

Und oben drauf gibt es noch tolle Preise zu gewinnen!
Wieso wird die englische und deutsche Sprache hier verwendet? StartupWeekend ist ein international ausgerichtetes Event. Daher sollen die Präsentationen möglichst in englischer Sprache gehalten werden. Es kann allerdings auch auf Deutsch zurückgegriffen werden. 

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Friday October 20th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday October 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Lorenz Gräf
Investor und Business Angel Familie Gräf Holding GmbH; Co-Founder of Startplatz

Dr. Lorenz Gräf is the founder of the internet company Globalpark. As an entrepreneur he led his business to success and established it as an international renown company. In summer 2011 he merged his company Globalpark AG with the company Questback in order to take position as european market leader. Lorenz Gräf left Globalpark in 2012 and concentrated his interests in the Familie Gräf Holding GmbH (FGH). Today Dr. Lorenz Gräf is CEO of the social media agency Boostpark GmbH, based in Cologne.

Since 1988 he does research in the field of social science informatics and online market research. He is an expert for online based interaction and communication as well as author of different articles and textbooks. Further Dr.Lorenz Gräf is co-founder oft he DGOF e.V. (German association of online-research) and was member of the board from 1997 until 2004.

He founded STARTPLATZ in 2012 together with his son Matthias Gräf. The main aim is to make STARTPLATZ the hotspot for digital natives, entrepreneurs and startups. The infrastructure given is not only for young startups in search for answers and office space it is also a place to support established startups with know-how as well as capital.

Till Ohrman

Till started being an entrepreneur more than 10 years ago and co-founded back in 2010. connects startup ecosystems and organizes the PIRATE Summit (besides other events), often described as “Europe’s craziest startup conference”. The events are known for it’s authenticity, selection of the “right” participants and their unusual conference venues, program design and parties. In 2016 organized more than 80 events around the globe, with approximately 10.000 participants in total. In 2017 they acquired Startup SAFARI – an open-door event for Startup Ecosystems all over the World (e.g. Berlin, Cairo, Warsaw, Budapest, Copenhagen, …)  and plan to roll-out at least 25 Startup SAFARIs in 2018 with at least one at each continent.

Till is also the ambassador of the “Digital Economy NRW” (his home state in Germany) and member of the commission “European Digital Leaders” founded by the World Economic Forum.      

Heinz Ulrich Hoppe
Prof. Dr.

Dr. H. Ulrich Hoppe holds a full professorship in the area “Collaborative and Learning Support Systems” at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). After his PhD on interactive programming in math education in 1984, Ulrich Hoppe has worked for about ten years in the area of intelligent user interfaces and cognitive models in HCI, before he re-focused his research on intelligent support in educational systems and distributed collaborative environments in 1995. With his COLLIDE Research Group he has participated in more than ten European projects on Technology-enhanced learning. He was one of the initiators of the European Network of Excellence Kaleidoscope (2004-07). Currently he is engaged in as a PI in a Research Training Group on “User Centred Social Media” funded by the German National Science Foundation since 2015. His research is focused on computational techniques for learning and knowledge building. He is particularly interested in combining network analysis techniques with other data mining methods in the study and support of online (learning) communities.

Coaches and Mentors

Chérine De Bruijn
Founder & Coach

Chérine De Bruijn (MBA) is the founder of CORPORATE KITCHEN® and looks back at more than 12 years of experience in communiation and media. Her intuition for innovative topics, her passion for successful communication and the professional talent to build a meaningful connection between people made her found her own company. Chérine De Bruijn worked as CEO pushing the development of a big industry association as well as expanding the network of the digital economy in the region. With CORPORATE KITCHEN® Chérine De Bruijn supports her customers with answers and solutions regarding corporate communication in the digital age.   

Lars Haßler
Founder C4 - explosive marketing

Lars started right after School as a freelance webdesign & -developer. While studying Computer Science at RWTH Aachen he founded C4 - explosive marketing, which started out as a marketing agency, but later turned into a Agency for web development. Lars focus and passion lies on User Interface & User Experience for the web.
Lars is active in the startup community in Aachen as a former organizer and now mentor at 3 Day Startup and since 2013 also part of the Pirate Summit team, organizing one of the craziest tech conferences in the heart of Cologne.
Born near Cologne, he’s a loyal fan of both 1. FC Köln as well as Kölner Haie and a “echte kölche Jeck”.

Christoph Plamper
Brand Consultant & Founder Plamper Consulting

Christoph is a strategic brand consultant with a deep knowledge in digital marketing strategies and experience of working with agencies, consultancies, startups and growth companies in several industries (B2B / B2C). He has a fondness for innovative education and communication products, particularly online learning, gamification and new working spaces. He is a mentor in several business plan competitions and accelerators and likes to work with startups. He has participated at Startup Weekends several times as a member.

Martin Donath
Freelance Full-Stack Engineer / Consultant

Martin is a freelance full-stack engineer and has been working in the software industry for more than 10 years. Having founded a startup himself he is bringing the entrepreneurial spirit to his client projects, building solutions that scale and persuade.

Christian Peters
Founder, Eductive

Christian is Founder and Managing Director of the corporate e-learning agency Eductive. With psychological, methodological and technical know-how, he develops user centered learning strategies as well as innovative learning & teaching systems. Christian specialises in the field of professional aviation training, including learning analytics and user experience.

Daniel Jung

Almost 100,000,000 times his videos have been seen so far; They have brought innumerable pupils, students and trainees through various examinations and examinations. More than 300,000 followers in the social networks count on him as a pioneer and follow him in mathematics and on his journey towards "digital education". This makes Daniel Jung the most successful online educator in the world. He is the developer of online and offline course systems and at the same time a best-selling author in mathematics scripts.

Ivan Ryzkov

Ivan Ryzkov is the managing director of, an accelerator for innovative software and hardware startups. Previously he worked at Google, YouTube and IBM as well as several startups and a venture capital firm. Having studied Economics at Oxford and being a self taught coder, Ivan brings a range of business and software development experience.

Daniel Bartel
Lean Entrepreneur

As a Design Thinker and Entrepreneur, Daniel Bartel provides talks and trainings in these topics as well as in Lean Startup and Business Innovation. After leaving his p2p-Carsharing-Startup where he worked on the pirate metrics that lead to success and co-founded MAK3it in order to help corporates innovate like Startups. Daniel Bartel is also a Facilitator of Events like the Business Innovation Hackathon & Leancamp. His voluntary work around the globe is perfect for fostering his local Startup Community in Germany.

Bernhard Welzel

Bernhard founded multiple start-ups for web based Software as a Service products. He worked on countess start-up projects as a consultant. He is currently working on – a service that recommends business events and business contacts. Technical topics he is currently very interested in are machine learning, big data and microservice applications.  
He can answer almost any technical question about software development (how can this be build? How complicated is this?) in Web & App Development and IT-Infrastructure as well as helping you with questions regarding your business model (canvas) or how to quickly build a successful MVP. 

Vidar Andersen

I’m Vidar @blacktar Andersen and I don’t talk about myself in the third person. 
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I’m a Norwegian entrepreneur and Internet-based software veteran having created industry firsts for F500 enterprises and GOs, currently living in Cologne, Germany.
I found tech startups to solve problems, consult F100 enterprises on Corporate Entrepreneurship, lecture on startup entrepreneurship to students, keynote entrepreneurial events and volunteer for the local startup ecosystem, invest in & help early stage startups raise venture capital funding.

Simone Jogwich
Innovation Consultant and Design Thinking Coach

Simone is an innovation consultant and design thinking coach at INNOVATION RADICALS based in Cologne. As a trainer she is working with corporations in diverse industries to support their way to innovation and meaningful, sustainable change. 

Her passion lies in sparking creative thinking and making innovation relatable and user centred with all the hurdles that come along with it, always with the Design Thinking mindset in mind.

Richard Heinen

Richard Heinen is project manager “Education in digital change” and involved in a range of projects to develop digital tools and learning environment for schools and support school development and change management.

The “Montag Stiftung Jugend und Gesellschaft” is an independent and charitable private foundation that is involved in a wide variety of projects in the field of education. Our work revolves around the idea of a democratic society committed to human rights that offers opportunities for everyone. Inclusion and the development of sustainable learning environments are our focal topics.

Our goal is to encourage a culture of living together that allows every single individual to be a part of our society and to play an active role in this.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Cologne 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Cologne is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Pirmin
  • Karolina Magdalena
  • Steffen
  • Stefan
  • Helge
  • Karin
  • Johannes
  • Becky
  • Katharina


Ali Sohail
Co-founder at deskOteque

Ali is an active startup community organizer, speaker and entrepreneur.

He is a co-founder in deskOteque, a platform that helps flex workers find the working space around them and pay-per-use for access. It has verified venues like coworking spaces, bars, cafés and restaurants available. 

Ali is also an experienced trainer, public relations professional and a certified peak performance coach. His passion lies in connecting people and helping them realize their (entrepreneurial) vision.

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